I am a member of several professional organizations–ISA (International Society of Automation), SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), and IEEE Computer Society. Every year or so when I send in dues, I ponder the value I get for the money. Especially since I’m not a practicing engineer or manufacturer. I guess I want to be informed and connected.

What I really would like to know from this international audience of readers of this blog is–what value do you get from membership? Or, what value would you LIKE to get from membership? ISA now explicitly claims to be international. What value (or not) would you get from being part of an international society rather than national or local? Please comment so that others can play off the ideas. Thanks.

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